A troupe of Brooklyn circus performers is hosting an interactive variety show inspired by the 10 plagues of Egypt in the tradition of Jewish vaudeville, the Brooklyn Paper reports.
According to the website for the Super Fun Variety Show:
Audience members should be prepared to perform in a Seder Plate pageant, participate in call-and-response readings from the Exodus story, eat holiday snacks, and drink the four ceremonial cups of wine (give or take). Sibling sensations Ellia and Josh Bisker will host the show as gender-bending incarnations of the prophets Elijah and Miriam, and introduce a panoply of circus performers, aerial artists, physical comedians, acrobats, magicians, and more. The evening will conclude with a Klezmer band dance party.
Why such an over-the-top event? According to Eillia, the siblings are just taking cues from the holiday itself. They told the Brooklyn Paper:
“It’s a very over-the-top holiday — everything about the story is more than necessary, so it seemed like a really good fit for the spectacle of a circus show,” said organizer Ellia Bisker, who lives in Bushwick and will co-emcee the show with her brother Josh Bisker. “Passover is one of our very favorite holidays, and this show comes from a genuine place.”
(Photo: Anne Helmond)